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Sergeant Walter Lichfield

Walter Lichfield was born in South Shields and later lived at Altrincham, Cheshire from where he enlisted into the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment as number 4535.  He served in the South African War 1899-1902 attached to the Corps of Signallers, and received the Queen's South Africa Medal.  It would appear that Walter volunteered for war service on or around 19th August 1914, however the New Testament is dedicated to Maud Lichfield on 10th August 1914, it is not know if Maud was his wife or another family member.  He arrived on the Western Front on 16th December 1914.  He was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the First World War and was killed in action with the 1st Battalion of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment on 1st July 1916 at Serre, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

 
Soldier's New Testament printed specially for soldiers, and issued to Private Walter Lichfield of the 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in 1900.
Accession Number: KO2917/87

 

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